TPG said Sunday that it appointed Joel Thickins as Country Head of Australia. He takes over the role from Ben Gray, who will stay with TPG until the end of the year. Thickins most recently served as a Director at CHAMP.
FORT WORTH, Texas & SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2016 — TPG, a leading global alternative asset firm, announced today that it has appointed Joel Thickins as Country Head of Australia. Thickins most recently served as a Director at CHAMP, a leading private equity firm in Australia. He will be taking over the role of Country Head from Ben Gray, who will stay with TPG until the end of the year.
“We are thrilled to have Joel join us and lead the next chapter of growth for our Australia business,” said Jim Coulter, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of TPG.
Thickins has been with CHAMP since 2008, where he has primary deal responsibility for the company’s activities in the industrial, agricultural services, and consumer market segments. He is currently Chairman of Gerard Lighting and is a Director of Accolade Wines, one of the largest international wine companies with operations in Australia, Europe, the United States, and South Africa.
“Joel is a proven deal originator with significant experience executing large cross-border transactions. His operational experience will also be integral as our business in Australia continues to evolve and expand,” said Tim Dattels, Managing Partner of TPG Capital Asia. “We have a strong track record in Australia, and I am confident that Joel will continue to build upon it.”
Prior to joining CHAMP, Thickins was a Vice President at Dyno Nobel Limited, where he led acquisitions in China, Europe, and North America. Prior to Dyno Nobel, Thickins held strategic and operational positions with Boral Limited in the United States.
TPG is a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with over $70 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, São Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo. TPG’s investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes including private equity, growth venture, real estate, credit and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across the investment strategy and performance of their portfolio. Since the start of 2014, TPG has raised more than $18.6 billion for its investment funds and has launched six new products including Pace Holdings, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust (TRT) and TSL Europe. For more information visitwww.tpg.com.